ECAAG produced its own standalone fringe event that coincided with the second Earl's Court Film Festival whose chief sponsor was Capco.
In the interest of balance, the aim was to stage an alternative event entirely free of corporate spin and not driven by Capco’s commercial interests, dressed up as caring for the very community its development is set to wreck.
John Rogers, author, director and film-maker showed extracts from his documentary “London Overground”, which was partly filmed in Brompton Cemetery. Artist and long-time Earl’s Court resident Duggie Fields gave permission for his film “I'm So Angry, I Could Cry” to be shown.
Two debut films were screened. “The Streets, My Home” focused on homelessness in Earl’s Court and was directed by Emmanuel Ogidi-olu and produced by David Martin Delgado. Ray Whelan and David Martin’s “The Briefcase” starred local residents and was filmed at the event’s venue, The Bolton.
Sian Berry and Caroline Russell – Green Party London Assembly Members
It is such a shame that both Caroline and I could not be there with you this evening to join in on the Fringe Film Night activities.
This event is once again an example of the residents of Earl’s Court working together to support the community, showcase your creativity (also evident in the People’s Plan) and make a stand against the developers.
I hope I can continue supporting you and attend lots of future events leading to success in preserving and growing your community without demolition.
My very best wishes and keep up the good work!
Nicky Gavron, London Assembly Labour Spokesperson on Planning
I am delighted to be supporting the Earl’s Court Area Action Group Fringe Film Night. I am really sorry I cannot be with you for what will be a very enjoyable evening. Along with many of you, I have done everything I can to expose the deplorable destruction of this very vibrant part of London.
It beggars believe that 3 going concerns, the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, the Lillie Bridge Depot and the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates can be demolished and a whole eco system of local businesses wiped out with them.
I fervently hope that a fair deal can be renegotiated for the residents of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates.
And I will work with other Assembly Members to scrutinise all plans that come forward in Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham.
Caroline Pidgeon, London Assembly Member for the Liberal Democrats
“I would like to thank everyone for attending this evening’s Earl's Court Fringe Film night. Your presence demonstrates the strength of feeling about the way in which Capco has gone about developing the area - squeezing out local shopkeepers, hiking rents and demolishing its history – with no regard for the needs or concerns of local residents.
I want to pay tribute to the role of the Earl’s Court Area Action Group; their tireless and determined work has made sure that London’s most controversial redevelopment has not been forgotten by politicians.
It’s time the Mayor now followed through on his election pledge to review the scheme and sent a clear message to Capco that when it comes to regenerating Earl’s Court, people’s interest will now be put before profit!
Now more than ever, London needs family-sized affordable homes, not luxury flats sitting empty and unused. Earl’s Court in particular also needs the infrastructure required to meet the needs of London’s growing population.
It’s time to say ‘no to demolition and yes to community control!’
The RMT Union’s Piccadilly & District West Branch
The Piccadilly & District West branch of the RMT are proud to have stood with the Earl’s Court Area Action Group and thankful for your help in fighting Capco and saving our members jobs while trying to save your own houses and your friends and neighbours houses and flats too.
The way you fought to save the Exhibition Centre against all the odds, was a proper David versus Goliath fight. Your determination and drive has been awesome - an inspiration to us all.
We hope your night goes well.
In solidarity, Gwyn (Secretary) and Carlos (Chair).
Andy Slaughter MP (Labour, Hammersmith)
I am sorry not to make the film night as I think it is a great idea, both to draw attention to the continuing battle of Earl’s Court and West Kensington and to have a fun evening.
We always knew that the battle against the power of Capco and their political allies would be long
and hard, but the creative and good-humoured way residents and supporters have responded is a credit to them all.
It shows exactly why the community spirit as well as the bricks and mortar are worth fighting for.
Corporate greed and faceless development with built-in redundancy is the modern blight of London - but the Earl’s Court Area Action Group’s message that we, the people who live here, should define our city, can and will be heard.